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Manchester United join Adidas elite team


Top German sportswear brand Adidas has announced that its elite club brands will now be linked with the #Bethe­Dif­fe­rence hashtag.­ That means the likes of Manchester United are linked up with top European sides like Juventus, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.

The aim is to make fans of the Old Trafford club more loyal to the brand, according to Steve Marks, Adidas’ director of sports marketing for Manchester United.

Marks told Media website, The Drum that this season’s Adidas Manchester United kit had been its’ biggest ever launch of replica’. The Drum claims that despite Adidas’ reluctance to share figures, sales of the United shirts broke the existing megastore record by almost 50 per cent – and sold the equivalent of a month’s worth of predicted shirt sales within the first five days.

“In 2015 we have become partners with two of the most iconic clubs in world football – Manchester United and Juventus – adding to our fantastic partnerships with our other top clubs, demonstrating that our desire to work with the biggest clubs on a global scale remains a priority,” said Marks.

“Many Adidas retail partners have reported a 200 per cent increase in day one sales compared to last year’s kit launch, experiencing phenomenal demand across the globe and declaring the Adidas Manchester United kit launch as the biggest ever launch of replica.”




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